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Edward Daniel McKenna

March 07, 1932 - July 26, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial - Friday

July 31, 2015 10:00 AM

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Moorhead MN

Prayer Service - Thursday

July 30, 2015
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Thursday

July 30, 2015
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Edward Daniel McKenna

March 07, 1932 - July 26, 2015


Daniel McKenna, 83, Moorhead, MN, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Sanford Health, Fargo surrounded by his family.

He was born on March 7, 1932 in Valley City, ND to Daniel D. and Mary (Wilkes) McKenna.   He was educated at St. Catherine’s School in Valley City. After graduation, he signed up for college classes at Valley City State Teacher’s College (now known as Valley City State University) and attended only a few weeks before enlisting in the Air Force. He did his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX and spent the remainder of his time in Japan as an AACS (Airways and Air Communication Services) Specialist. Upon his discharge in 1954, he returned to VCSTC and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Math (1957) and then enrolled at North Dakota State Agricultural School (now known as North Dakota State University) and received another bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.

Dan was united in marriage to Mary Ann Peckskamp on December 29, 1955 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, MN. He began working for Shell Oil as a Chemist in Woodriver, IL and was there for five years. The family moved to Kenosha, WI and Dan taught Chemistry at Bradford High School for four years. In 1967 after earning his Master’s Degree from Duke University, he became an instructor in Chemistry at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. He received his Doctorate at The University of Georgia in Science Education in 1972, and became the Director of Cooperative Education at Concordia in 1979. He held this position until his retirement in 1995.

He was honored with a National Teaching Fellowship to work in Georgia for one year, the National Cooperative Association Educator of the Year in 1997, and the Certificate of Merit as a graduate of VCSC.

He was active in the Scouting Program from Cubs to Explorers, Campfire Boys and Girls and PTA. He served as President and was active in the state, regional and national offices of the Cooperative Education Associations. He held elected positions in various Science Education Associations and was involved in numerous Science Fairs. He also taught teaching methodology. He spent many summers at various campuses involved in Science Education throughout the years.

He loved fishing and boating during the summers spent at Leaf Lake, MN.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Ann, Moorhead, MN; children, Daniel (Teri) McKenna, Detroit Lakes, MN, and their son, John McKenna, New York City, NY; Kathleen (Kenley) Just, Moorhead, MN, and their daughters, Brianna Just, St. Paul, MN, Brittney (fiancé Jordan Klovstad) Just, Virginia Beach, VA and Brooke Just, Menomonie, WI; Patrick (Kristi) McKenna, Papillion, NE, and their children, Dustin McKenna, Lincoln, NE and Nicole McKenna, Charlottesville, VA; Ann (David) Suits and their children, Benjamin and Sarah, all of Robbinsdale, MN and brother, Joseph (Linda) McKenna, Valley City, ND.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, James McKenna and sister, Isabelle Peterson.

Prayer Service: 7:00 P.M. Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home with visitation starting at 6:00 P.M.

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 A.M. Friday, July 31, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Moorhead, MN.

Burial: St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Valley City, ND.


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18 responses to “Edward D. McKenna”

  1. Julie Morlock says:

    I am so sorry to learn of the death of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Jerry Zaun says:

    Dan and I attended high school the Air Force together.
    Sorry to hear of Dans passing.

  3. Riches says:

    Dan and Teri-
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sandi, Tim, Tony and Lydia

  4. Robin Johnson says:

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  5. The Florick Family (Leo, Janet, Davis & Jackie) says:

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Although your sense of loss may be overwhelming, take comfort in knowing that your father/grandfather will always be at your side. You brought great joy to his life, as he brought to yours’. He was blessed with a long and happy life that will continue for an eternity in the arms of God. Take strength and comfort from your friends and family.

    Leo, Janet, Davis & Jackie

  6. Joe says:


    I’m sorry about the passing of your dad. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Joe and Paige

  7. Barbara Aarestad says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing, but feel honored to have known him and benefited from his mentoring. He had a passion for life surpassed only by his love for his family. I know you have many wonderful memories and stories to pass on to the grandkids he cherished. His legacy also lives in all of the students who he advised and taught. Hoping the prayers for your family from many caring friends make this time a bit easier. Blessings to you all!


  8. Jena Shafai says:

    Dear Pat,

    I am very sorry for your loss and know this must be a very sad time for you and your family. I am sure you all will remember him for the great man that he was and all of his accomplishments. I read the obituary and learned of all the wonderful things he had done in his life.

    The fine memory and legacy that he is leaving behind is a great testimonial to the rich life he lived, and the meaningful contributions he made to his community and the world around him. I can see what a great influence he must have been in your life and in shaping who you are!

    You and your family are in my thoughts. Please convey my deepest condolences to them.

    Jena Shafai
    College of Business
    Bellevue University

  9. Helen Oloroso says:

    Having shared many experiences with Dan at numerous cooperative education conferences over the years, I am saddened by his passing but uplifted by my memories of his kindness, wit, intelligence, sincerity and authentic self. He leaves the world a better place.
    Helen Oloroso

  10. Diane Wray Williams says:

    Blessings to Dan on his further journey. I was honored to work with Dan in Camp Fire and appreciated his thoughtful participation and caring for the program and kids.

  11. Tracy Farmer says:

    While I was attending Concordia, I had the privilege of meeting Dan as while I was a student secretary in in the Co-op Ed/Continuing Ed department. That early employment experience was a blessing to me, and Dan’s easy manner and style made for a great environment to work in. You have my sympathy & my prayers.

  12. Ritch and Trish Kaul says:

    Kathy and Kenley,
    We are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing, Kathy. We wish there was something we could say or do to make things easier for you. We didn’t know your dad very well but I know how proud you were of him. We hope it helps to know that we care about each of you.

  13. E Sam Sovilla says:

    I am very happy that I had an opportunity to know Dan over many years. We worked together many times, at professional conferences, workshops, and in consulting relationships in Cooperative Education. He honored me several times by inviting me to his campus to be directly involved with his co-op program. In all of my involvements with Dan I found him to be a gentleman, a solid professional, and a genuinely nice man. I considered him to be a good friend and a person who was a joy to be around. Over all the years he was a gift among us.

  14. Karla Mickelson says:

    My deepest sympathies to Dan’s family and friends. I so enjoyed working with Dan at Concordia College. I was the director of graphic design and facilitated the design and printing of the publications for Dan and his department. Our office also greatly benefited from the many student placements through the Cooperative Education program. May the Lord give you comfort as you grieve his death and may your hearts be filled with many enduring memories.

  15. Christopher Pratt says:

    I am saddened at Dan’s passing. He was a colleague in Cooperative Education for many years including his work with the program and staff and with the training center he ran for other professionals in the field. Over the years so many students and colleagues benefited from his commitment and dedication. Rest in peace Dan.

  16. James F. Keller says:

    Dear Mary Ann –

    My sympathy to you and to your family on the loss of Dan. I am also sorry that I could not be there to attend the funeral, but delighted that Helen and Bob Selisker were able to be there. I will remember Dan at Mass this Sunday and will also continue to offer prayers for you and your family as you deal with the loss of Dan.
    Brothers John, Joe and I will try to stop to see you this Fall when we visit North Dakota.

    Jim Keller

  17. The Kindred Family says:

    We send our deep sympathy to you and your family for the loss of Dan. With each new day may God give you the strength and support needed (Ps.34:18) to cope. Dan will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered.

  18. David C. Andrews says:

    So sorry to hear (belatedly!) about Dan’s death. Please accept my heartfelt condolences, and those of all the Terhaar Family Tree!!

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